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Australia Kookaburra government issued silver bullion coins

Australia Kookaburra

The Silver Kookaburra is a silver bullion coin originating from Australia, and produced at the Perth Mint starting in 1990. The coins were .999 FS until the 2018 edition, which increased in purity to .9999 silver. While the obverse of the coin always depicts Queen Elizabeth II, the reverse side changes every year, always featuring a kookaburra, a bird native to Australia. They are minted in four sizes; 1000g, 10, 2 and 1 troy ounces.

The maximum mintage of the one troy ounce coin is capped, while the others have unlimited mintage based on demand. Perth Mint originally intended to expand the 2013 mintage to one million coins, however, they later reduced this number to 500,000 and declared that future years would continue to be limited to this amount. In addition to the annual design change, there is also a design change between the bullion and proof versions of the coin each year. No proof coins were minted between 2006-2011; however, there was a 1-ounce silver proof Kookaburra colored coin struck in 2012 for the Discover Australia coin series. Since 2012, the proof coin has been struck in high relief only. Special editions such as privy marked, colored, and gilded are also available.

 

Silver Bullion Mintage

Year1 OzYear1 OzYear1 OzYear1 Oz
1990 300,000 2000 104,169 2010 300,000 2020 Unknown
1991 300,000 2001 169,265 2011 500,000 2021
1992 219,694 2002 91,604 2012 500,000 2022
1993 300,000 2003 109,439 2013 500,000 2023
1994 174,561 2004 84,455 2014 500,000 2024
1995 154,247 2005 95,145 2015 500,000 2025
1996 300,000 2006 87,044 2016 500,000 2026
1997 159,497 2007 213,436 2017 406,265 2027
1998 103,119 2008 300,000 2018 243,740 2028
1999 109,364 2009 300,000 2019 126,812 2029

 

Design

Obverse:  The design has changed throughout the series, but Queen Elizabeth II is at the center surrounded by an inscription bearing her name, the name of the issuing country "Australia", the year, and the face value of the coin "1 Dollar."

Reverse: The motif is a kookaburra in its native habitat. The inscription  has also changed locations throughout the series.  Early on it was at the bottom, but currently "Australian Kookaburra " is inscribed at the top while the metal content, and purity are inscribed below the motif.

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